Day 3: 21st July’16 (Thursday)
From: Bairagarh to Killar
Route: Satrundi, Sach Pass, Killar
And the day had finally Arrived when we had to cross the Mighty Sach Pass which had terrible off roads, Water Crossings at a totally Isolated Place. We had been warned about the Sudden weather changes, heavy rains, water getting flooded with every minute that we delay because of which we had decided to leave at sharp 06:00 AM from the Hotel. Much to our delight everyone was ready on time and we could check out from the Hotel and Leave around 06:15 AM. A still of the Team from Bairagarh.
The journey towards the Big Daddy of Mountain passes had begun, we were having Shivers thinking what would we discover on this Unexplored Destination. All of us were very positive and highly motivated for this Adventurous Ride of a Lifetime. I believe that this Journey to Pangi Valley is something that I just cannot express in words, it’s something that is too hard to recall, something that would go down as an unforgettable experience of a lifetime.
We kept on moving towards what was supposed to be our first Pit stop of the day (Satrundi) as the Police Officials were supposed to stop us for checking, making record of us entering Sach Pass on our own Risk and also making our Video with our Bikes as a proof that we reached till the Satrundi Checkpost. Bairagarh to Satrundi was about 30kms and we reached there around 09:00 AM as we stopped by to click photos and capture videos of the mesmerizing beauty.
We finally were stopped at the Check post and quickly we all made the entries in the register and got our Videos filmed. It was a very Proud moment for all of us to see our Army officials guard the Mountain Passes in an Isolated place and extreme weather. In the meanwhile, we had found a small Dhaba just next to the check post where we had ordered Maggie and eggs. We guys chatted with Army officials for good 15minutes, and also shared some movies with them and were lucky to get some pictures clicked with them.
After completing all the entry formalities and having breakfast in the hills we made our progress towards Sach Pass which was about 14kms from the Check post. This route was again a complete off road filled with numerous water crossings, endless waterfalls, landslides and snow walls as high as 20 feet. We considered ourselves extremely lucky that all the heavy rains which were predicted never showered. The weather just kept itself to prime beauty with light showers in intervals. Chandrabhagha river accompanied us all throughout in Pangi Valley to keep us interested in the routes with some majestic infinite number of waterfalls pouring down into it. Some of the waterfalls were just astonishingly beautiful with multi story falls right from the top of the mountains. All these things were WORTH the effort we had put into this trip. The road conditions in most of the Pangi Valley were just horrific to say the least.
Finally, the wait was over and we had touched Sach Pass which had Kali Mata Mandir on top. It was a moment of joy and triumph for us, having had to ride through some of the worst terrain in our life, we were obviously jubilant. We guys hugged and congratulated each other and then everyone got busy with Photography.
It was about time that we pushed off for Killar, which was still 35kms and the terrain ahead was even more dreadful. Now that we were on the other side of Sach Pass, landscape had changed dramatically, from green meadows with blooming flowers to somewhat barren landscape. We came across PWD workers laying stones on the road, at each place they were kind enough to quickly arrange a couple of stones in way that motorcycle could climb over the stones (3-4 inch high) they had just laid. While it was heartening to see that government hadn’t forgotten this pass and people were working in even such a bad condition, it was really difficult to ride on those stones. The amount of steepness added to the woes, we were thanking our stars that we didn’t have to ride over them during ascent; else it would have been even more difficult. All the Riders passed the Off Road without much of a fuss, but now it was time for massive water crossings and then the difficulty increased when we had to cross the water with a waterfall over us.
We were able to reach Killar (Hotel Chamunda) safely by 04:00 PM. All the Riders wanted to freshen up, so we quickly unpacked our Saddle’s and made the check in. Around 04:45 PM we went to the Hotel Restaurant where we were served with average food which again was a big thing because that place hardly had 1 hotel where we stayed and 1 home stay. There were no options of trying out food or going shopping as that place was totally isolated, however, there was a construction that was going on for 2 newly built Hotels. We all had a big reason to Celebrate today as we had Conquered the Daddy of Mountain Passes. Much to our delight, we were served snacks with Drinks and also good food was arranged for Dinner. The party went on till 01.00 AM in the night and it so would not have stopped if tomorrow would not have been the day for conquering World’s Most Dangerous Road “Killar Kishtwar”. The night ended with hugging each other.